Teaching Students Healthy Habits
As students across the country head back to school, a fun and educational program reinforces the importance of healthy habits at school and home.
The CDC estimates that K-12 students in the U.S. miss 38 million school days each year due to influenza alone, while tens of millions more are lost due to colds and other infectious diseases. Recognizing the importance of educating students about health and hygiene both in the classroom and at home, the National Parent Teacher Association, National Education Association, and Lysol® have partnered together to create the Healthy Habits Program. In addition to this coalition, Lysol is collaborating with Box Tops for Education to promote healthy habits and support schools across the U.S.
A cornerstone of the Healthy Habits Program is Healthy Habits Week, which is a nationwide educational effort that takes place every year during the third week of September to teach healthy habits to kids. The Healthy Habits coalition works to arm teachers and parents with resources to help support student health and well-being through fun activities and simple lessons. The Healthy Habits program is supported by a robust free online portal and program toolkit created in collaboration with the CDC that contains resources for parents and teachers such as activity guides and 28 lesson plans to engage students on healthy habits in interesting ways including:
- User-friendly lesson plans that include common core standards
- Tips for teaching good hygiene in the classroom
- A sample school supply list
- Smartphone apps
For additional information about the program, the toolkit, and the Healthy Habits Tour, visit www.healthyhabitsprogram.com.